The videogame “Fortnite” is free to play, yet can quickly become an expensive hobby, especially when the one expected to pay the bill is not the one running it up.
Lennon Baxter, a 12-year-old living in Alloa, Scotland, recently spent 600 pounds ($795) playing “Fortnite.” His father, Neilson Baxter, was not happy when he found out.
Now, thousands of people have watched the angry dad confront his son on video.
“I was absolutely shocked,” the father told the Scottish Sun.
“When I went to look at the bill, I couldn’t believe what I saw.” The story has a happy ending, according to the Scottish Sun: After speaking with the gaming company, the Baxters were able to get their money back.
(Epic Games, the company that makes the game, did not immediately respond to Market Watch’s request for comment.) The family is not alone.
Some players say they’ve spent $500 or more playing the game.
“Fortnite” made $233 million in the month of March alone.
For at least some overzealous players — or their parents — there is an avenue to potentially get money back.
Epic Games has an online page for requesting refunds.
Parents can help prevent their children from overspending by setting up accounts with parental controls. Companies that make games like “Fortnite” make it as easy as possible for players to spend money.
“Fortnite,” a multiplayer third-person-shooter game, is free to play.